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"Tree Show No. 1" by students of the Fred Rawlinson Atelier at Fratelli's Cafe Gallery

September 5 - October 2, 2014

Work on display and available for purchase in the Fratelli's Cafe Gallery 

Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. *

(Tree Show No. 2 coming in October!)


About Tree Show No. 1 from Fred Rawlinson:

"Forests have always had deep-rooted symbolic meaning in virtually every culture on Earth. Forests have been thought of as the abode of the nature spirits. Forests are a refuge from danger as well as a home of dangerous wild animals. Forests are mysterious and constantly changing. 

Tree symbols and forests contain multiple mythic qualities. The deep-rooted symbolism of trees is apparent in common metaphors such as the tree of life and our ancestral heritage depicted in family trees.

In ancient Indian philosophy, the symbolism of wood claims this element as the primal material of the universe. Christian art depicts Christ as the carpenter and His ultimate sacrifice is represented by a wooden cross. The Jewish depiction of the Kabbalah is in the form of a modified tree and explains the mystical teaching of Judaism.

The Atelier Artists were given the assignment to create a piece of work that would be simply titled, The Tree. Due to space limitations, the only additional instructions given were in regards to the size of the piece (roughly 16" x 20"). Artists were free to symbolize, interpret, bend, stylize, or otherwise modify their expressions.

The idea was to see the varied expressions of each creative mind. Many artists have painted the tree as a background, here we wanted to paint them for their own sake." ~ F.R.

"It is the first vision that counts. Artists have only to remain true to their dreams, and those dreams will possess their work in such a manner that the work will resemble the work of no other artist...for no two visions are alike." ~ Albert Pinkham Ryder, New York, 1900

About the students of the Fred Rawlinson Atelier:

Atelier is the French word for "workshop", and in English is used primarily for the workshop of an artist, or artists, who work together producing pieces in the fine or decorative arts.

The atelier began 1992 as Fred Rawlinson Gallery and Studio. Located at 628 Rue Toulouse in the historic French Quarter in New Orleans, it served as the workshop / studio of the owners / artists, Fred and Jo Rawlinson.

In 1998, the atelier relocated to Germantown, TN and became a teaching venue for Fred Rawlinson. Classes were immediately filled. The atelier workshop philosophy attracted a large congregation of local and regional artists who came together to have fellowship, learn, experience and share. The identity "Atelier Artist" is preferred over the designation "student". In addition to weekly sessions in Memphis, monthly sessions are conducted at the Ned R. McWherter West Tennessee Cultural Arts Center in Jackson, TN.

Atelier Artists in Tree Show No. 1

Laura Austin, Jim Austin, Don Harrington, Barbara Montgomery, Diane Dixon, Jim Raines, Allen Portner, Mike Moffitt, Gary Dixon, Gopal Murti, Kay Paschal, Mary Yoe Steele, Dodie Bush, Mary Jo Gresko, Joanne Bloom, Elaine Pritchard, Brenda Thornton, Pat Patrick, Sheila Treece, Tuva Stephens, Rose Byrum, Sandra Carpenter.

* A portion of proceeds benefits Memphis Botanic Garden’s art, education and horticulture programs.

 Open to the public. Call 636-4100 for information.

The Tree logo courtesy of Fred Rawlinson Studio and Gallery

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